Sunday, 15 July 2012
I am such a fan of the series of videos made by the SmartHistory Team within the Khan Academy. I watch at least one a day while I have a break to have a cup of tea. They usually last around 5 minutes - just the right length of time for those short relaxation breaks. This is a special video on textiles and features a coronation mantle from around 1133 that is now in the Neue Hofburg in Viena. The fabric is from Byzantium or Thebes and is samite worked with silk, gold, pearls, filigree, sapphires, garnets, glass, and cloisonné enamel. It is thought to have been made during the flowering time of Norman rule in Sicily at Palermo during the reign of King Roger. It is edged with a Kufic script which translated reads: This mantle was worked in the most magnificent clothing workshop and is connected with the desire and hopes, felicitous days and nights without cease or change, with authority, with honor and felicity, assurances of trust, reverent care, protection, good destiny, freedom from harm, triumph and livelihood in the capital city of Sicily in the year 528 - 1133/34 in the Gregorian calendar. To see the wonderful collection of SmartHistory videos, click here.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 20:30